Ageing in Sub-Saharan Africa

Spaces and Practices of Care

Edited by Jaco Hoffman and Katrien Pype

Ageing in Sub-Saharan Africa

Edited by Jaco Hoffman and Katrien Pype

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

248 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447325253 Published September 2016 For sale in North and South America only
A collection of in-depth ethnographic analyses of the impact of local and global transformations on the care—or lack of care—received by older people in sub-Saharan Africa, this book provides the pan-African evidence and enquiry needed to advance debates about how to address (and who should address) the long-term care needs of this vulnerable population. Contributors from the United Kingdom, the Congo, Kenya, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and France use case studies from eighteen different countries in all regions of sub-Saharan Africa to examine formal and informal care, including inter- and intra-generational care and retirement homes, as well as care in the context of poverty, HIV/AIDS, and migration.
Contents
Introduction: spaces and practices of care for older persons in Sub-Saharan Africa ~ Jaco Hoffman and Katrien Pype;
Will families in Ghana continue to care for older people? Logic and contradiction in policy ~ Sjaak van der Geest;
Caring for people “without” value: movement, reciprocity and respect in Kinshasa’s retirement homes ~ Katrien Pype;
Older persons providing care for older persons in Tanzania: Against conventions – but accepted ~ Peter van Eeuwijk;
Place matters. The home as a key site of old-age care in coastal Tanzania ~ Brigit Obrist;
Care and identity in rural Malawi ~ Emily Freeman;
Making sense of neglect in northwest Tanzania ~ Josien de Klerk;
Negotiating care for older persons in South Africa: between the ideal and the pragmatics ~ Jaco Hoffman;
Afterword: Discourses of care for older persons in Sub-Saharan Africa – towards Conceptual Development ~ Andries Baart. 
Review Quotes
Sanet Du Toit, University of Sydney, Australia
“This book provides an opportunity for one of the most misrepresented entities to be heard—Africa’s older population, a vulnerable group with unique needs.”
Susan Reynolds Whyte, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
“This is a valuable, timely, and thought-provoking collection on spaces and practices of care in Africa. The challenges of political economic change and the variations in actual situations are beautifully documented.”
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